How Much Does it Cost to Install a Sump Pump?

Install a Sump Pump Costs
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On average, sump pump installation costs $1,058, with most homeowners spending between $686 and $1,573. This data is based on actual project costs as reported by HomeAdvisor members.

Sump pumps work almost everyday moving water away from your foundation to keep your house from flooding. Sump Pumps are usually located in your basement in the lowest point in the floor, in a hole called the sump hole. Any water that flows into your basement will make its way to this lowest point. Your sump pump hooks up to you wastewater drain. When water enters your basement, the sump pump pulls it away from your foundation into your wastewater system and keeps your basement from flooding. There are a few major factors that will affect the cost of your sump pump installation

Types of Sump Pumps

There are two main types of sump pumps that are most commonly installed in people's homes; submersible and pedestal. Both types work fundamentally the same way. Inside there is a float that rises as the water level rise. Once the water is above a certain level the sump pump is triggered to turn on, sucking the water through the pump and out of your home.
Submersible pumps cost more than pedestal pumps and don't last as long. They can be completely submerged and are kept airtight to protect them from damage due to water or dirt.
Pedestal pumps cost less and last longer than submersible pumps, but they will never get the basement completely free from water since they sit on a pedestal and require a minimum water level to turn on

Installing Sump Pump

Installing a submersible sump pump is more expensive than installing a pedestal pump., since concrete may have to be cut in order to install a basin for the pump to sit in. Also, the farther the water must be carried away from the house, the more expensive installation can be

Incorrect Sizing

Having the right size of sump pump will have a large effect on the cost of your energy bills and the ability for the pump to remove water .A sump pump that is too small may not be able to pump out all the water. Additionally, a too-small pump may run too long and too hot, thereby reducing the life of the pump. A pump that is too large will cycle on and off more than is required, which can also shorten the life span of the pump. A sump pump installation pro can assess whether or not the pump you have is the right size for your home or help you choose the right size if this is a new installation.


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